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We are pleased to announce our full programme.
Our HAYDAYS programme for families and children can be viewed here.
Some events are likely to sell out quickly so please book now.

Axel Scheffler

Pip & Posy

Event HF34 Venue: Starlight Stage

Join this treasured author/illustrator as he introduces us to two very special toddlers as they discover friendship and sharing.
 
Duration 40 mins.
 
3–5 years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer
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Easy Peasy Cookery School

Workshop

Event HF137 Venue: Mess Tent

Join us in making mouth-watering Strawberry Shortcake with Cream, delicious! 

Duration 60 mins.

10–14 years 

Each young person attending this workshop without an accompanying adult must fill in the Permission Form available for download here. Please send the form in advance to admin@hayfestival.org and bring a copy on the day.
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Jonathan Stroud

Bartimaeus

Event HF33 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Fantasy prequels don’t come more magical than this. The Ring of Solomon takes us back to 950 BC Jerusalem – so whether you’re an established or future fan, this is a must.
 
10+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer
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Mini Grey

Paper Treasures

Event HF35 Venue: The Hexagon

Come and meet the much-adored creator of The Adventures Of The Dish And The Spoon and Three By The Sea. Packed full of handmade surprises, tips on how to make your very own book and a sneak peek at Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey out in July.
 
Duration 40 mins.
 
5–7 years
 
See event [HF38]
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The Launch of Wales Environment Link's 'Summer of Seas' Campaign and Welsh Marine Photography Competition

With Hannah Shaw and Judith Oakley

Event 992 Venue: RSPB Cymru Stand

Join Hay Fever’s illustrator Hannah Shaw, and Judith Oakley, a passionate marine biologist, in a celebration of Welsh seas as they launch the exciting Wales Environment Link Summer of Seas campaign and Welsh Marine Photography Competition.
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Martin Rees

The Royal Society Lecture 3: From Here To Infinity

Event 148 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The astronomer revisits the subject matter of his 2010 Reith Lectures, boldly exploring the challenges facing science in the C21st.
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Bettany Hughes

The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life

Event 149 Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion

The classicist and historian profiles the soldier, lover, democrat, philosopher, and vigorous citizen of one of the greatest capitals on earth, until his beloved Athens turned on him, condemning him to death by poison.
 
More about Bettany Hughes
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David Sedaris chaired by Johann Hari

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

Event 150 Venue: Oxfam Stage

An hour with the sardonic wit and satirist, one of America’s finest humorists.
 
Read this piece on David Sedaris in the Guardian
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk - David Sedaris
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Tony Wrigley chaired by George Monbiot

Cambridge Series 6: Opening Pandora’s Box – A New Look at the Industrial Revolution

Event 151 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

Eminent economic historian Professor Sir Tony Wrigley explains how fossil fuel allowed the Industrial Revolution to continue and sustained economic growth to occur. He explains why all previous industrial revolutions foundered, and why this one has opened Pandora's Box, releasing previously unknown new forces: massively greater standards of living and unprecedented environmental and social perils.
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THINK BIG

Event T45 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Every day at 4pm UK Youth and O2 will be hosting conversations on issues that matter to you. The question is, how can you make a difference? Check out hayfestival.org/hf2 for the full bill and suggest ideas on the hf2 Facebook page.

hf2 for teens

free but ticketed
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